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hessian

a coarse jute fabric similar to sacking, used for bags, upholstery, etc.

Hessian

1. a native or inhabitant of Hesse
2. 
a. a Hessian soldier in any of the mercenary units of the British Army in the War of American Independence or the Napoleonic Wars
b. US any German mercenary in the British Army during the War of American Independence
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hessian

[′hesh·ən]
(textiles)

Hessian

[′hesh·ən]
(mathematics)
For a function ƒ(x1, …, xn ) of n real variables, the real-valued function of (x1, …, xn ) given by the determinant of the matrix with entry ∂2ƒ/∂ xi xj in the i th row and j th column; used for analyzing critical points.
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burlap, Brit hessian canvas

A coarse woven fabric of jute, hemp, or, less commonly, flax, for use as a water-retaining covering in curing concrete surfaces or as a reinforcement in plaster.
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These algorithms are effective for minimizing the tensor model when the Hessian is dense because they are stable numerically, especially when the Hessian is singular.
Taylor accepts official reports bewailing the baneful effects of the Hessian military system, even though he denounces these officials in other contexts as hystrical (177) or "frenzied" (187).
"It (the plans) gives us two kicks at the cat," said Hessian. "Between January and June we'll update the five-year plan and from June to December we'll plan for 1992."
2 Iron your hessian and place the backing board on top.
Cosy Christmas Clasic Christmas Hessian sack Mixed baubles 10 pack
The Riemannian Hessian [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.], is positive definite, hence ([R.sup.2], [[nabla].sup.2.sub.g] f) is a Riemannian manifold.
Hessian had been disappointing in three turf starts this summer but the return to an artificial surface brought about improvement from the daughter of Barathea and she scooted home.
Hessian, of Buchanan Green, Dunston, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to the April 8 assault when he appeared before Gateshead Magistrates.
That was fortunate for George Washington in 1776 when he made his daring attack on the British Hessian outpost at Trenton, New Jersey, as the Hessian German mercenaries were celebrating Christmas.
Cliff and Phil Williams bought the sack maker in 1955Then it was one of 20 Liverpool firms providing hessian sacking for goods like wheat and animal feedstuffs.